Widening Participation at Central Saint Martins have been working with young people from partner schools and colleges over the last couple of months to bring together a performance company of 50 plus students for the Stages: Epic Tales programme.

The summer project will see young people aged 14-19 work with us as performers, designers or dancers (via our collaboration with Dance United) in order to put on our own production of Orpheus & Eurydice.

Developed by Widening Participation with King’s Cross neighbours, Dance United, the Centre for Performance and The Platform Theatre at Central Saint Martins the programme introduces the disciplines of performance and design, access and progression routes to university plus the wider creative industries. Immersive both in the performative outcome and the learning and teaching of the programme, the piece uses physical theatre, narration and design-led installations as key devices to tell the story across 5 spaces across the Granary Building.

The project’s core company of 30 students has completed an intensive devising week over may half term with the team to map out key elements of the story that will be further developed through a three-week summer school (22 July- 9 August) directly before the weekend of performances on 10 & 11 August. The collaboration with Dance United marks an exciting journey for Widening Participation to bring further perspective to the language of performance for young people.

We are delighted to be working with Artistic Director, Simone Coxall who is supported by Drama Centre London graduate, Laurence Chater as Assistant Director. Lucy Read heads up the design side as Production Designer. Lucy started her studies at Camberwell College of Arts on Foundation. The design team is completed by UAL staff, technicians and student ambassadors.

Watch this space for more news on the project!